Report of the Consultation on AIDS and Traditional Medicine: Prospects for Involving Traditional Health Practitioners (Francistown, Botswana, 23-27 July 1990)
(1990; 48 pages) [French] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
Open this folder and view contents1. INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contents3. RECOMMENDATIONS
Close this folderANNEXES
View the documentAnnex 1. List of participants
View the documentAnnex 2. Consultation agenda
View the documentAnnex 3. Welcoming remarks by Mr M. Tshipinare, Acting Minister of Health, Botswana
View the documentAnnex 4. Inaugural address by Dr G.L. Monekosso, Director, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville
View the documentAnnex 5. Traditional medicine and AIDS: Prospects and perspectives by Dr Olayiwola Akerele, Programme Manager, Traditional Medicine, WHO Geneva
View the documentAnnex 6. A review of AIDS epidemiology worldwide by Dr Benjamin M. Nkowane, Medical Officer, Global Programme on AIDS, WHO, Geneva
Close this folderAnnex 7. Country profiles
View the documentBotswana
View the documentCameroon
View the documentEthiopia
View the documentGhana
View the documentKenya1
View the documentNigeria
View the documentUganda
View the documentZimbabwe


In Uganda, there is a general law covering medical practice. In addition, there are specific laws covering the practice of modern medical and dental practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, and paramedical personnel. But there is nothing specific in the laws of Uganda that governs the activities and practices of traditional healers. Their practices are therefore being governed by an amorphous type of law, which does not spell out the specific responsibilities and limits of their activity. In a situation such as this, it is not possible to organize the traditional health practitioners into a legal entity, as their recognition by the government is not clear, which makes their health care activities unrecognized and unappreciated.

However, our study of the role of traditional healers in the management of diarrhoeal diseases has revealed that in every village in Uganda there are two or more traditional health practitioners. There is therefore a large number of healers in the country looking after the health of more than 80% of the population. Because of the confidence that people continue to have in them, traditional health practitioners in Uganda have a unique place in society and an important role to play in the prevention and control of AIDS, once the government decides to mobilize them to participate in the AIDS control campaign. They are there, and it is thought that they could be used effectively, not only in the control and prevention of AIDS, but also in finding practical solutions to problems in the control of other communicable diseases.

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